My blog posts:
My Arangee Journal submission:
Make Bank Leaderboard: 7th place!
My Twitter Evolution:
As I compiled just about all the work and data I have to show for this class, one word comes to mind to describe it all; dynamic. From the very first class (which I registered for just hours before), I always felt like this was one of the classes that Kean advertised as being “taught more outside the classroom than in”. Sure, there were weekly classes, but I was engaging the content outside moreso than ever, and in different places. All of which has been helpful in enhancing my understanding of the idea of NetNarr.
Literature and technology are two of my biggest passions. The potential to combine them in as many ways, and in any ways possible has always been on my mind going forward. So to see the many different ways NetNarr tackled both literature and technology for me in this class, has been phenomenal in my appreciation for both. I have never taken a class before where the subject of the day was dank memes, and I probably never will again (well, unless I somehow managed to get into UC Berkeley). That is something that you take with you going forward, long after the grades are submitted and the diploma is printed.
I was never a stranger to Twitter entering this class (compared to around 2013, where I was first forced into using it, thankfully), but I do appreciate how my usage had increased as a result. Now I’m not just tweeting at voice actors I admire (although that does still make up the bulk of my Tweets), but I’m also looking at other NetNarr related Tweets, actually engaging in conversations (some of which I probably shouldn’t have, in retrospect. Lots of angry gaming fanboys on Twitter), and I’m starting to appreciate the e-lit submitted work a lot more, from the fan art to the fan fiction. Being a fan for anything media-related these days gives you a lot of opportunity to give back, and I’m grateful to live in a time where you can do just that, and sometimes the creators are able to hear you.
Not every day you get liked by Luke Skywalker AND The Joker.
I truly believe e-lit and the association it has with NetNarr are something that is the future, and will continue to be so the further that technology advances. Sure, the classic paperback and printed page will always be a staple, but the gap is closing, and with it, the genre will continue to gain traction, with the hopeful outcome being digital alchemy not being a single English class or elective, but rather an entire whole new concentration with its own share of experts and consumers.
People are going to want to take this class in the future. I’ve heard stories about people trying to take this class before. Having now done it myself, the demand is only natural. And to them, I want them to not worry about the grade, nor the content being learned. This is not meant to be a run-of-the-mill type of class, nor should it be interpreted as such. You don’t even need to be a technology or literature enthusiast to enjoy the content, although it was certainly help. The things explored in this class are for the future, and the future, is looking quite magical. But just remember, stuff like this isn’t magical, although it can certainly feel like it when everything lines up right. This is all just part of a rapidly growing area, known as digital alchemy.